The Fort Carson, Colorado, soldier killed Wednesday in a training accident was shot during a combined arms live-fire exercise, according to a Thursday release from the Army.

Spc. Matthew Turcotte, 20, was assigned to 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, the release said.

“Extensive medical aid was provided to Turcotte at the accident location, however he was pronounced deceased on the range,” the release said.

The circumstances of his death are under investigation.

“Our deepest condolences go out to Matthew Turcotte’s family on his tragic and unexpected passing,” said Col. David Zinn, the brigade commander, in a statement. “He exemplified commitment to our Army and selfless service to our Nation. Matthew was a tremendous Soldier who will be dearly and personally missed by the Warhorse Brigade Team.”

Turcotte, an infantryman, joined the Army in August 2015 and had been at Fort Carson since December of that year.


Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times. She covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other issues affecting service members. Follow on Twitter @Meghann_MT

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